Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Father Arseny

It's not very often I read a book in such a short time as 24 hrs.  This is a powerful book of faith conquering evil.  Imprisoned in a Soviet labour camp, the imprisoned Priest, Fr. Arseny, conquers nature, casts out demons, remits sins, reconciles sinners, heal the sick, feeds the hungry, protects the poor, comforts the afflicted, and proclaims realease to the captives and liberty to the oppressed.  Freed by faith from every human ideology, whether atheistic or religious, Fr. Arseny works the greatest of miracles by God's grace and the prayers of God's Mother.  This book tells the stories of people whose lives, often during times of unimaginable crisis, were touched and transfigured through their connection with Father Arseny.    An unbelievable story of unwavering faith in the cruelest and most hideous conditions of a Russian Labour Camp, meant to destroy the human soul and kill the person.  If you have doubts about the power of prayer, you need this book.  Bro. Dave

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Blessed John The Wonderworker

Blessed John The Wonderworker
St. Herman of Alaska BrotherHood
ISBN  0-938635-01-8

Saint John Maximovitch of Shanghai and San Francisco (1896-1966) is believed by Orthodox Christians all over the world to be the holiest man of the twentieth century.  Manifesting many contrasting forms of sanctity, he was at once a God-inspired theologian and a "Fool-for-Christ," a zealous missionary hierarch and a feeder of the poor, a severe ascetic and a loving father to orphans.  Like Moses, he delivered his flock from oppression, bringing it from communist China to the free world; like the first apostles, he was given power from God to heal wounded souls and ailing bodies.  A man of intense and ceaseless prayer, he was agenuine Holy Elder in the tradition of the great Russian sartsi.  Piercing the veil of time and space, he would mystically hear and answer peopl's thoughts before they would express them.  Now in heaven, he continues to visit and pray for those who call upon him, as is atteted by miracles and healings which are now being chronicled around the world.

Blessed John the Wonderworker includes numerous source-materials on Saint John's life, a pictorial biography and one hundred personal testimonies of his sanctity.  Through a detailed look at the experience of one man, this book provides a key for those seeking a life of true holiness in our times. 

This book may be ordered at the following site:  http://www.skete.com/index.cfm?aff=61925

Bro. Dave

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Books by Andrew Linzey

Andrew Linzey is an Anglican priest and Oxford theologian who has championed animal rights and "animal rites" for going on thirty years (more info here).

When our beloved cat, Clara, died recently, I looked for spiritual resources to honor her memory and the impact on us of her life and death. The more deeply I delved, the more I kept finding Andrew Linzey. I have purchased three of his books: Creatures of the Same God, Animal Rites, and Animal Gospel.

Faith Seeking Understanding: An Introduction to Christian Theology

by Daniel Migliore (Charles Hodge Professor of Systematic Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary)

We have been using this book in a weekly study group to which I belong. It is balanced, but clearly not fundamentalist or biblical literalist in its philosophy.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Edward VI -- The Lost King of England

2/ "Edward VI --- The Lost King of England"

by Chris Skidmore

2007 / Phoenix / ISBN 978-0-7538-2351-4 / http://www.orionbooks.co.uk/

By Bro. Bob Rowlands

The Rise and Fall of Henry VIII's Most Notorious Minister

1/ "Thomas Cromwell --- The Rise and Fall of Henry VIII's Most Notorious Minister"

by Robert Hutchinson

2007 / Phoenix / ISBN 978-0-7538-2361-3 / http://www.orionbooks.co.uk/

By Bro. Bob Rowlands